ChoiceOne Bank and Fremont Area Community Foundation will launch the Kickstart to Career program March 22 at the Neway Center (preschool building) at 585 Fremont St, in Newaygo. Kickstart to Career is a program designed to assist with post-secondary education expenses.
A joint program of Fremont Area Community Foundation and ChoiceOne Bank, Kickstart to Career Newaygo County is a children’s savings account program designed to build aspirations, encourage savings, increase financial education, and assist with career preparation, training, or college expenses. The program is managed by Fremont Area Community Foundation. Each kindergarten student in Newaygo County has the opportunity to be the beneficiary of an account at ChoiceOne Bank, opened with a $50 deposit from Fremont Area Community Foundation.
“ChoiceOne was awarded the opportunity to work with Fremont Area Community Foundation as their partner to offer children’s savings accounts to every kindergartner in Newaygo County as part of their Kickstart to Career program,” said ChoiceOne Bank President and CEO Kelly Potes. “ChoiceOne was selected because of our ability to offer financial literacy education, our commitment to work personally with the students, and the technology to make it easy for students and parents.”
The Kickstart to Career launch will include students, teachers, superintendents, school administrators, Community Foundation staff members, and ChoiceOne Bank officers. In addition to the official launch by the program supporters, preschool students will make a presentation about what a savings account means to them and their future.
“As the local community bank, we believe healthy communities start with healthy families,” said Potes. “Our children are the heart of our families and giving them educational opportunities to succeed today is vital to their future. We are pleased to partner with the Fremont Area Community Foundation’s Kickstart to Career program and believe this program will help strengthen our families and our communities in Newaygo County.”